The Latest: Newgarden gives Roger Penske yet another win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar season-opening race at St. Petersburg (all times local):
Josef Newgarden has won the IndyCar season-opening race to...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske's teams are off to such a strong start to the motorsports season that his IndyCar group arrived at the season-opening event under pressure to match the...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Motorsports giant Roger Penske disclosed Friday that he received a kidney transplant shortly after the 2017 IndyCar season finale.
Column: Roger Penske remains captain of motorsports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Somewhat overshadowed by the stifling scrutiny of NASCAR's new rules package was another Team Penske victory. Joey Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski's last-lap push...
Logano at Daytona 500 media day: ‘Championship fun is over’
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano no longer feels like the NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Even though he thinks it's cool that people call him "champ," he says he and his Team Penske crew need to turn the page and start looking toward the new season.
Jeff Gordon’s influence on NASCAR honored at Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon's immense influence on NASCAR was highlighted during a star-packed Hall of Fame induction ceremony befitting a driver who changed the trajectory of an entire sport.
Roger Penske caps banner season with NASCAR Hall induction
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There was no need for Roger Penske to stay awake for Daytona's 24-hour sports car race. Penske has people to do that for him, and hanging out atop a pit stand watching telemetry for two trips around the clock is slightly below his paygrade.
Rolex 24 such a party Roger Penske vows to pull all-nighter
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Someone has to throw the first party of the year and IMSA has built its Rolex 24 at Daytona into a bucket-list event on a calendar full of motorsports elite races. There's a Corvette Corral just inside the fourth turn and the Ferris wheel lifts fans 150 feet above Daytona International Speedway to watch the sportiest cars from the top manufacturers in the world.
Power, Penske collect Indy 500 trophies
DETROIT (AP) — Last year, Will Power finally broke through and won the Indianapolis 500, so he can cross that accomplishment off the list.
Now 37, Power is reaching an age when it's fair to wonder how much longer he'll keep at it.
Ford fiesta! Blue oval claims NASCAR titles after droughts
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ford slammed the door on NASCAR's longest championship drought when Joey Logano drove a Fusion to victory in its final race.
Logano won Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to give the American automaker its eighth drivers' title, but first since Kurt Busch in 2004. Ford also won the manufacturers' title, the first time it has won the top two prizes in NASCAR in a season since 1999.
Joey Logano spoils Big Three party to win NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano raced into NASCAR anointed as its next star. He was 18, dubbed "Sliced Bread" because of all the hype, and in way over his head.
It made Logano an easy target on and off the track and threatened his career. Logano was out of a job five years after he arrived but given a second chance by Roger Penske, the titans of motorsports.
Now he's part of Penske's storied history as NASCAR's newest champion.
The Latest: Joey Logano wins 1st Cup Series championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's Cup Series championship (all times local):
Joey Logano has won his first Cup Series championship, passing defending champion Martin Truex Jr. after the final restart and then driving away from the field.
Logano called him the favorite in the days leading up the season finale and ended up playing the spoiler role. He finished ahead of the "Big Three" of Truex, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Column: Ganassi, Penske shine on strong day of motorsports
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Roger Penske stood atop the timing stand at Sonoma Raceway, transfixed by the overtime laps of NASCAR's playoff opening race at Las Vegas. He had three drivers in contention for a critical victory, and when Brad Keselowski crossed the finish line for Team Penske's 500th organizational win, the Captain pumped his fist in the air.
Keselowski wins NASCAR playoff opener, gets 500th for Penske
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat.
With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again — and he's got NASCAR's Big Three drivers looking over their shoulders.
Keselowski raced to his third consecutive Cup series victory Sunday, opening the playoffs by persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and taking charge of overtime.
The Latest: Brad Keselowski wins NASCAR playoff opener
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR playoff opener at Las Vegas (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has earned his third consecutive victory by winning the playoff-opening NASCAR race at Las Vegas, persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and roaring away from the field in overtime.
Keselowski excelled on the final restart and secured team owner Roger Penske's landmark 500th victory across all competitions.
Keselowski makes it a Penske sweep at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400.
Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line.
One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski redeemed himself by earning his second straight major win and finally giving team owner Roger Penske the elusive Brickyard win.
The Latest: Keselowski hands Team Penske 1st Brickyard win
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's two races at Indianapolis on Monday (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has given Roger Penske his first win in the Brickyard 400.
Keselowski took the lead with a daring pass, bumping leader Denny Hamlin as they came around the 2.5-mile oval on the second-to-last lap. Keselowski finally made the pass coming down the front straightaway and pulled away to win by 0.904 seconds over Erik Jones. Hamlin was third 1.703 seconds behind.
- Wisconsin State JournalBrad Keselowski extends NASCAR winning streak to 3September 17, 2018
- The SunKeselowski Roars to Brickyard WinSeptember 11, 2018
- The Detroit NewsQuinn guides Notre Dame offensive lineAugust 8, 2018
- The Detroit NewsWill Power finally breaks through with first Indianapolis 500 victoryMay 27, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalJeff Gordon, Greenfield native Alan Kulwicki elected to NASCAR Hall of FameMay 24, 2018
Power takes splash of gas, wins IndyCar race at Gateway
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Will Power used to hate racing on ovals about as much as he hates conserving fuel.
The oval part has changed considerably this season. The fuel part?
"I was just, 'Ah! Come on! Let's race this properly!'" Power said Saturday night, after some of his closest rivals began saving every last drop as they tried to finish on one less pit stop.
"I was just so stoked," Power said, "when they said, 'Let's just go hard.'"
The Latest: Power wins IndyCar race at Gateway
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar race at Gateway Motorsports Park (all times local):
Will Power got the fuel strategy right to win Saturday night's IndyCar race at Gateway Motorsports Park, keeping his championship hopes alive and giving team owner Roger Penske another win at the track.
CULVER, Ind. (AP) — This small town in northern Indiana annually produces two things when the calendar turns to August: Corn and Notre Dame offensive linemen.
Where sports icons Roger Penske and George Steinbrenner once marched as students, the Culver Academies are where Irish coach Brian Kelly witnessed assistant coach Harry Hiestand seed, nurture and harvest future NFL first-round linemen.
Roger Penske, from his perch at the Belle Isle race track in Detroit, the governor of Michigan by his side, summed it up smartly after one of General Motors' top executives crashed a 2019 Corvette and delayed the start of the Detroit Grand Prix.
"Come to the races," Penske said. "You'll see anything."
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Blaney tagged along with his dad to the track and raced scooters in what the kids called "mini-Pocono."
All grown up, he's figured out the real deal pretty well.
Blaney was tops again at the site of his lone NASCAR Cup victory, turning a lap of 176.897 mph to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.
DETROIT (AP) — Roger Penske rolls into this weekend's IndyCar races at Belle Isle on the heels of another Indianapolis 500 win.
He's not expecting the Detroit Grand Prix to be any sort of ceremonial victory lap.
"You win an Indy 500, you go to the next race, you're kind of the king of the hill for a while," Penske said. "But you get put down pretty quickly, because you're back, you're racing the same guys again. It's a new venue."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — William Stephen Power was named after his great-grandfather, an Australian motorbike racer who "set records from Toowoomba to Brisbane" and sparked a love of motorsports passed down three generations.
Legendary drag racer John Force called it the greatest name in motorsports.
Now it will forever be linked to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power lost three consecutive championships before he decided a change was in order.
He knew he must improve on oval tracks to be considered among the best in racing.
If there was any doubt how serious Power was about his turnaround, he settled it Sunday by winning on the biggest oval of them all.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Unusually warm temperatures took a toll on everyone at the Indianapolis 500.
More than 150 fans sought treatment at the infield medical center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for heat-related problems Sunday. Drivers and teams had to rethink race strategy based on tire wear. Roger Penske even brought a special fan to help keep his pit crews cool on one of the hottest days in race history.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power hated racing on ovals. He wasn't a fan of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and figured he would never win the Indianapolis 500.
That kind of attitude doesn't fly when you drive for Roger Penske.
Power had to change his thinking and his performance on oval tracks. He learned to respect the speedway. And the 37-year-old Power is now a winner of one of the biggest races in the world.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The screaming yellow firesuit made Helio Castroneves easy to find at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The glowing smile didn't hurt, either.
Castroneves is wrapping up another May at his favorite race track and getting another chance Sunday at a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory. The Brazilian has a seat as a favor from Roger Penske, because when the boss needed Castroneves to anchor his new sports car team, the company man agreed.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Part-time drivers and one-off rides are usually afterthoughts at the Indianapolis 500, where the sport's brightest stars tend to shine in the hot sun on the final Sunday of May.
This year, the part-time driver is Helio Castroneves.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske has a very simple solution for the predicament the Indianapolis 500 created when one of its most popular drivers, James Hinchcliffe, was bumped from the field during qualifying last weekend.
Teams that run the entire season should be guaranteed spots in the biggest race of the year.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske spent three summers of his childhood at Culver Military Academy, where young boys gathered for eight weeks at a time to learn about leadership, teamwork, integrity and accountability.
Penske looks back at those summers in Indiana and knows they helped lay the groundwork for the empire he's built.
"Ironically, not too far from Indianapolis" Penske said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday.
Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend.
After crashing Roger Penske's front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run and watching his teammate, Patrick, qualify seventh for the final start of her career, Carpenter quickly turned his attention to hosting a bigger family celebration at the track his stepfather's family owns.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske still bemoans the memories from the 1995 Indianapolis 500.
One year after dominating the month of May, and a year before the open-wheel split officially began, the team owner and his two drivers — Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi — left pit lane empty-handed. They didn't have the pole and they didn't even have a starting spot on the 33-car grid.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josef Newgarden brought Team Penske's prestigious No. 1 car to Indianapolis. Since then, the defending series champion has mostly been out of the spotlight.
He watched one teammate, Will Power, dominate opening weekend to give the team its 200th series win. He's seen another, Helio Castroneves, become a focal point this week as he pursues a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.
Newgarden, meanwhile, is content to go back to work.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Team Penske topped opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves paced the first practice sessions for the Indianapolis 500.
It was a big boost of confidence for Castroneves, who wasted no time getting up to speed at his favorite race track. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner was fastest in Tuesday afternoon's opening practice session, while Pagenaud led the morning session.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power's timing was impeccable Saturday.
He picked the perfect strategy with his red tires. He pressed the push-to-pass button at precisely the right moment. He gave Roger Penske his 200th series win at Penske's place — Indianapolis.
Brooklyn, Mich. – Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski was among several NASCAR drivers who took part in the Goodyear Tire Test Wednesday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Helio Castroneves was back running laps at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday, getting valuable laps and reuniting with his Penske teammates.
Castroneves slides into sports cars to lead Penske team
Helio Castroneves is one of the most popular and accomplished drivers in IndyCar Series history. He is about to find out if an old driver can learn new tricks.
What major reveal at the Detroit auto show brought in GM Product Chief Mark Reuss, Detroit mogul Roger Penske, racing legend Mario Andretti, and racing superstar Josef Newgarden?
If you answered the new Dallara IndyCar, you're right.
Detroit — Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden proudly showed off the sleek new 2018 IndyCar on Tuesday morning at the Detroit auto show at Cobo Center
Penske returns to Rolex with its own version of star cars
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At first glance, it appeared the days of the "star car" at the Rolex 24 at Daytona were over.
Then Roger Penske showed up.
Penske has brought his organization back to sports car racing and he'll field two stacked lineups in the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month. Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Simon Pagenaud are in one car, with Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and Graham Rahal in the other.
Penske: No room for Patrick in Indy 500 lineup. Ganassi? OK
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske has no room in his Indianapolis 500 lineup for Danica Patrick.
"The Captain" has a hunch where Patrick's Indy comeback will take her in May — with Chip Ganassi.
"I sent him a note and said, 'Congratulations. Danica better be driving your car at Indy because unfortunately she's not driving for us,'" Penske said, laughing.
The Latest: Ganassi has spoken to Patrick about 2018 races
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local):
Team Chip Ganassi says he has spoken to Danica Patrick about possibly allowing her to drive for him in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500.
Patrick announced her retirement from full-time racing Friday but added that she will do the "Danica Double" in 2018.
Ricky Taylor caps season with new job driving for Penske
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ricky Taylor's amazing sports car season landed him another perk Wednesday when he was picked as the final driver for Roger Penske's new Acura program.
Taylor teamed with younger brother Jordan to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the first five races of the season as the duo claimed the championship for their father's Wayne Taylor Racing. The family wrapped up the title on Saturday, and less than four days later, the eldest son was a Team Penske driver.
Michael Andretti to join Roger Penske in racing Down Under
SYDNEY (AP) — Michael Andretti is going to join Roger Penske in racing Down Under next year on the V8 Supercars circuit.
Andretti Autosport and McLaren Formula One chief Zak Brown's United Autosports announced late Thursday that they would buy into the Walkinshaw Racing on the Australian touring car circuit.
From Jan. 1, they said the team will be known as Walkinshaw Andretti Autosport, pending Supercars approval.